Huawei deal to sell phones through AT&T in United States falls through

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Its Mate 10 Pro smartphone, for example, will apparently be available unlocked for customers to buy, an unnamed source told the publication. Now, the smartphone maker has confirmed that that will no longer be the case.

Huawei had planned several announcements for the CES event this week, including speculation that it was ready to reveal a sales tie-in with AT&T, according to the earlier reports.

The Huawei Mate 10 pro was supposed to be headed to mobile carriers AT&T and Verizon in the USA, the handset is now not coming to these carriers. Huawei now sells to consumers online, but the lack of carrier deals has made the company basically irrelevant in the U.S. market. "U.S. customers need a better choice, and as a leader in technology and innovation, Huawei is prepared to fill this need", the Chinese telecom equipment giant said. That may be good news for consumers, but that not might bode well for Huawei.

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Huawei was widely expected to announce a partnership with AT&T to distribute its phones in the United States this year, said the people with knowledge of the matter, who declined to be identified as the talks were private.

For now, part of Huawei's plan is to reach out to USA consumers using alternative channels such as online and physical retail stores. The Wall Street Journal and The Verge both reported that AT&T backed out of the deal for some unknown reason. The Dec. 20 letter, reviewed by The Information, cited an intelligence committee report on the Chinese firm's alleged ties to the Communist Party and China's intelligence and security services. US customers who were looking forward to the device can get it, but not in the manner that many prefer and have grown accustomed to. Huawei has denied these allegations for years now, but it looks like AT&T was unwilling to take the risk.

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